February 15, 2009 at 12:03 am | Posted in Matty Fatty | Leave a comment

Violence is a form of human communication in which one human causes physical pain to another or anothers or him- or herself or all of the above or none of the above. Violence serves many practical purposes: revenge, fun, sating animal instincts, alleviating boredom or stopping violence. Despite these handy uses, violence tends to be disliked by the majority of the population, although only as long as it doesn’t happen to them, someone they know or someone within their general vicinity. If it happens from a safe remove, as in a bomb dropped on a city in the Middle of the East or on a clown, that’s okay and not nearly as painful or traumatic as, say, being stabbed by a passing ruffian (or by a clown). Likewise, inflicting violence on one or two or three or four or even six people is bad, but hurting one hundred or so is so many that it’s basically alright. Likewise likewise, violence is considered “cool” and “exhilarating” and “good” in movies, TV emissions, books and documentaries. It is not “cool,” however, in books. That is frowned upon and not allowed, under penalty of violence. If one is too violent, the violence can cross over from mere violence to murder. Murder, or the ending of one or ones’ life via violence, is also, like violence, massively disapproved of and also, much like violence, considered alright if performed from a safe remove, in mass quantities and/or for a good reason. Most civilized people abstain from violence, but if one can’t there are plenty of public institutions one can join where one’s violence is encouraged and exacerbated, like the army, the navy, the police force and arts funding. It’s said that violence begets violence, but really, he started it. Matty Fatty

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